The high school softball season is on hiatus until the end of the month but Ironwood Ridge (8-2) still has something to cheer about. The Nighthawks broke into the MaxPreps Top 25 at No. 23 thanks to a near perfect showing at the Tournament of Champions held in Bullhead City earlier this month.
Salpointe (11-5) beat Ironwood Ridge 4-1 last week to temper some of the Nighthawk expectations but the team is still considered one of the best teams in the nation thanks, in part, to the superior play of University of Arizona commits Allie Skaggs (5 home runs, 15 RBI) and Devyn Netz (2 home runs, 13 hits).
Fellow seniors Shelby Thompson and Carmen Cordova and sophomore standout Haidyn Warner have also come up big. Skaggs was the Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year last year and Netz was an All-Pasadena selection. Both players transferred to Ironwood Ridge in the off season.
Adding to Arizona’s No. 1 recruiting class are Sophia Carroll and Aris Carroll of Shadow Ridge in Surprise. The sisters joined Skaggs and Netz on the MaxPreps “Class of 2020 player off to a hot start list” and another Arizona commit, Gatorade Player of the Year Carlie Scupin of Tucson High, is listed as the best player in Arizona by MaxPreps.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at email@example.com